International Development
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International Development

The Scottish Government's International Development Policy articulates the vision of Scotland's place in the world as a good global citizen, committed to play its role in addressing the challenges faced by our world. With a focus on working in partnership and achieving real and tangible outcomes on the ground, the Policy seeks to build upon both the historical and contemporary relationships that exist between Scotland and the developing world.

The Scottish Government's £9 million International Development Fund is focussed on seven countries around the world. We have a partnership agreement with the Government of Malawi and around half of our funding goes to projects in that country. We also supports projects in three other countries in Sub Saharan Africa and in 3 countries in South Asia. The Small Grants Funding Round has been set up to provide funding to smaller NGOs for projects in our 7 priority countries.

In addition, we are currently funding work in Uganda and South Africa through our partnership with Sport Relief and over the last few years we have provided emergency humanitarian funding in response to the crises in Syria and the Philippines.

The Scottish Government is also funding projects in Sub Saharan Africa through the Climate Justice Fund.

Latest news:

14 April - The second round o the Scottish Goverment's £3 million Climate Justice Fund is launching today.  More details at Climate Justice Fund.

27 January - The Minister for External Affairs & International Development has made the first ever visit to Zambia by a Scottish Government Minister.

22 January - On a visit to Malawi, the Minister for External Affairs & International Development has announced additional support for renewable energy projects.

12 November - The Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs has announced £600,000 humanitarian funding to assist the people of the Philippines.

20 October - Following his visit to South Asia, the Minister for External Affairs & International Development has announced a £300,000 fund for educational scholarships for women in Pakistan.